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Kudos to Glut
Having just received a copy of Don Glut's dinosaur encyclopedia, let
me add my voice to those singing its praises. I only skimmed the
text, but the book is going to be very useful for the illustrations
and the artwork alone. Some of you may know that I have a bit of a
thing for complete foot skeletons of theropods, ornithopods, and
ground birds. Don's book drew my attention to several dinosaur feet
that I'd somehow missed in going through the literature. I spent a
very pleasurable weekend going through the encyclopedia, sticking in
pieces of paper to mark feet that I need to check into more carefully.
So if you can afford it, I highly recommend that you get this book.
It's going to crowd out several others on the shelf where I keep the
books that I have to refer to most frequently.
But having praised somebody else's book, I find myself so lacking in
moral fiber as to be unable to avoid inserting a completely
gratuitous, self-serving comment to the effect that Mike Brett-Surman
and I have just now finished going through the galleys of our dinosaur
book for Indiana University Press, _The Complete Dinosaur_. We've
busted our butts off working on this thing the last few years, and IU
Press has done a bang-up job in layout for it. They are type setting
it in-house, so Mikey and I have been able to add last-minute
references to make the book as up to date as possible. And the
artwork will be to die for: Lots of new or seldom-seen stuff by
Braginetz, Felder, Ford, Franczak, Halleck, Paul, Skrepnick, Walters,
and others. It's supposed to be out in November.